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Waiting for a Starship at Devils Tower


Day 4- April 27, 2017

As we continued to head west, the more snowy it became at the tops of the highest hills. We had to take a selfie at the state border, we reached it by 1:50 PM.  After a stop in Aladdin at 2:06 PM,  Devils Tower became visible by 3:30 PM, partially obscured by the incoming mist and rain.

There was also a marker at this pull-off giving an overview of Devils Tower.

This view was seen shortly before entering the park. Also in the view are cattle grazing, a tranquil scene.

We’re here! It is really amazing to see it in person.  We arrived at 4:04 PM.  Get a souvenir at the Devils Tower Trading Post

The staff at the booth went off shift at 4:00, so we just took care of business at the self-service kiosk and drove into the park.

The road curves to the left and we saw Prairie Dog Town. They made cute little squeaks when they saw us.

Closeup of the cute little guy, they are quite skittish.

Another great view of the tower from within the park.

We could hear thunder in the distance, it was time to go. One more picture before leaving, we tried flagging down that space ship but they didn’t see us 🙂  We love that movie, Close Encounters of the Third Kind.

Nevin Fish Hatchery in Fitchburg – Since 1876


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I think I might have visited here once MANY years ago, I don’t know for sure when.  In fact, I had forgotten you could visit here. It was time to come back and see things in early spring.  If you bike here, there is a cute fish-shaped bike rack.

The Nevin Fish Hatchery is the oldest DNR managed land in Wisconsin, acquired in 1876. The Capitol City State Trail passes through part of the property also. We pass through the gate here to enter the grounds.

Take a look at my visit here, you can see the fish swimming too.

Here is a map of the grounds, there are many signs placed throughout explaining the different areas of the fish hatchery. Let’s go for a walk! Spring is awakening here. The water never freezes though, they keep it warm over the winter. They have a sign describing winter activities here.

View of the area.

And the raceway below, in the morning the staff clean the water and feed the fish.

Walking a little further, we come to a peaceful pond, reflecting the trees.

We also find a marker on a large rock across from a bench by the creek, dedicated to Tom Palmer. A great place to sit and relax.

This is the Spiral Building, only staff can enter it.

As I walk back to the entry, I read the many signs talking about the history of this fish hatchery.

I had a great visit here, I plan on returning. I learned a lot about the crucial service this and all fish hatcheries provide.

Pope Farm Conservancy in Middleton


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The Pope Farm Conservancy in Middleton is a beautiful park, formerly a farm owned by Art Pope.    Here is a map of the grounds.

Pope Conservancy map

There are other small garden plots within the park. The crops of Wisconsin are represented here.

Crops of Wisconsin sign

Wisconsin crops

 

The path leading to the large sunflower field.

Path at Pope Conservancy

 We were not here long since a storm was coming.  The sunflowers were beautiful!

Sunflower sign

Sunflowers at Pope Conservancy

Sunflower field at Pope Farm

The sunflower season is short so be sure to stop in when they are blooming! The last week of July is their Sunflower Days event. They love visitors any time of the year though and donations gratefully accepted!

Sunflower closeup at Pope Conservancy